Jellema, John B, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0369-Infantry Unit Leader
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 653, G Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)
Service Years
1940 - 1943

Sergeant

 
 

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elzas
Last Address
307 W. 113th Street
Chicago, Illinois

Casualty Date
Nov 20, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Kiribati
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Remains "Non-recoverable"

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
2nd Defense BnG Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)
  1940-1941, 521, 2nd Defense Bn
  1941-1942, 653, G Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)
  1942-1943, 653, G Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 20 Nov 1943, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces on Betio Islet, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands.

   
Comments/Citation
JELLEMA, John B., Sgt 521/745                     SN: 300390
Born: XX Xxx 19XX
Enlisted USMCR: 07 Oct 1940 (Home of Record: 307 W. 113th Street, Chicago, Illinois)
Died: 20 Nov 1943 (KIA, Betio Islet, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands)
Interred: Remains declared "non-recoverable" on Betio, Tarawa Atoll. His name is inscribed on the memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI (Tablets of the Missing).
 
Company D, 9th Battalion, USMCR (O), Marine Corps Base, San Diego, CA
Oct 1940 Pvt, Co D, 9thBn, USMCR(O), MCB, San Diego, CA "7Oct40; Jdenl at Chicago, Ill. Drills Oct 11,18,25, Nov 1"
Nov 1940 Pvt, Co D, 9thBn, USMCR(O), MCB, San Diego, CA "Oct40; 8, assgd act d; 11, to Btry I, 2ndDefBn, FMF, MCB, San Diego, Calif."
 
Battery I, 2nd Defense Battalion, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA
Nov 1940 Pvt, Btry I, 2ndDefBn, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA "7Oct1940; 11, jdfr Co D, 9thResBn, Chicago, Ill."
Dec 1940 Pvt, Btry I, 2ndDefBn, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA
Jan 1941 Pvt, Btry I, 2ndDefBn, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA "14, to 2ndMarBrig, FMF, MCB, San Diego, Calif."
 
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA
Jan 1941 Pvt, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMarines, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, MCB, San Diego, CA "7Oct40; 14, Jdfr Btry I, 2ndDefBn, FMF, MCB, San Diego, Calif.; 14-31, Msm."
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Apr 1941 PFC, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMarines, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA "9-22, fur.; 28, pro."
Jul 1941 PFC, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMarines, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Oct 1941 PFC, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA "20, rated spl 6cl, gen d, (BAR)."
Jan 1942 Cpl, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA "1-5, spl 6cl, gen d, BAR; 6, spl 6cl revoked, tr other d; 6, pro."
Apr 1942 Cpl, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Camp Elliott, San Diego, CA
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (Reinforced), FMF, In the Field
Jul 1942 Cpl, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMar(Rein), FMF, In the Field
Oct 1942 Cpl, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMar(Rein), FMF, In the Field "1-31, In the zone of active operations; 1-28 at Tulagi; 29-31 at Guadalcanal"
Jan 1943 Cpl, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMar(Rein), FMF, In the Field "1-31, In the zone of active operations; 31 emb aboard USS PRESIDENT HAYES at Guadalcanal and sailed therefrom."
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMF, In the Field
Apr 1943 Cpl, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMarines, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, NZ) "27-30, fur."
Jul 1943 Cpl, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMarines, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, NZ)
Oct 1943 Sgt, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Wellington, NZ) "17, emb abd USS ZEILIN at Wellington, N.Z.; 17-23, abd USS ZEILIN in Wellington-Hawkes Bay Area, North Island,  N.Z. in conn/w amphib trng operations; 24-31, abd USS ZEILIN, Wellington, N.Z. awaiting orders for transportation to designated place for duty in conn/w 2nd Marine Division Operation."
Nov 1943 Sgt, Co G, 2ndBn, 2ndMar, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, In the Field (Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands) "20, KIA"
 
Based on this service record, I believe that we can confidently state that he rates the following awards  for WWII:
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation-1 star
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal-2 stars
World War II Victory Medal
 
   
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